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The Roman Piso Forum


(Compiled from notes 07/14/00, by Roman Piso)

FOLLOWING THE TRAIL (from the family of Vespasian to the Pisos):

The tie-in is that Arria the Elder was married to the emperor Vespasian’s
brother (before Vespasian became emperor). He was T. Flavius Sabinus.

From this relationship we find the connection to the alias names of the Pisos
as "Paetus". Quoting from "The True Authorship of the New Testament," by
Abelard Reuchlin; "Vespasian relied upon Piso because he was grandson of
his own brother - Vespasian’s brother, T. Flavius Sabinus, had married Arria
Sr. (i.e., Arria the Elder), who was Piso’s maternal grandmother. Piso’s
identity as thus also a Flavian is decipherable from the appearance in the
Flavian family line of L. Caesennius Paetus (Townend, Gavin, "Some Flavian
Connections," Journal of Roman Studies, LI. 54, 62, 1961). That was an alias
(like Thrasea Paetus) of Piso’s father, L. Calpurnius Piso [ Note: we now
know Arrius Piso’s father to have been Gaius Calpurnius Piso who was
executed by Nero]. See page 20 supra, wherein Piso himself also is mentioned
as a Caesennius Paetus. That is the true reason Piso used the literary
pseudonym of Flavius; it was not because of his alleged - but untrue and
hardly necessary - adoption by Emperor Flavius Vespasian. He was in fact
(already) a Flavian."

This information leads us to:

(1) The son of Thrasea Paetus/Gaius Calpurnius Piso (who is unnamed in
history). And then to…
(2) Flavius Josephus, and to…
(3) Montanus, as another alias name of Arrius Piso.

There are elements of this that are given in "The True Authorship of the New
Testament" that may not be necessary to repeat here in detail such as how it is
that Thrasea Paetus and Arria are seen as actually being Gaius Piso and his wife.
You can find that with the use of that booklet and your own research.

Instead, I will try to stick to the main issue here rather than side-track or let this
get too confusing for you the reader/researcher. I will concentrate upon what
you need to know in order to ‘follow the trail’ from one alias name to the next.

To fill in the gaps and further deduce from this information, we examine more
closely the family of Thrasea Paetus and both of the Arrias (Arria the Elder and
Arria the Younger). From this, we find the daughter of Arria the Younger as one
"Fannia". "Fannia" too, is an alias name.

Her real name was used to make her alias name. She was Flavia Arria. The
feminine form of "Flavius", and the name of her mother and grandmother -
Arria. They used the "F" in "Flavia" as an initial and left it in front of her Arria
name and changed the "r"’s in her name to "n"’s (which is explained by the use
of "royal language"). This rendered the alias name of "Fannia" (F.Annia).

Her brother, likewise also already carried/used the Flavius name and he would
have the masculine form of his mother’s name and therefore would be "Arrius".
And now we have the "Arrius" portion of his name. But we will also find much
more confirmation of this as we research and deduce further.

Quoting from "The True Authorship of the New Testament,"; "Likewise
"Montanus" (the mountain?) "is spared out of consideration for his father [having
died because of Nero]" when Thrasea Paetus is killed." (pg. 20). Ref. Tacitus,
Annals, XVI. 33., Loeb Classical Library edition.

See the Bibliographical Index in the Letters of Pliny the Younger (Letters and
Panegyricus), Loeb Classical Library edition, for data on;

Thrasea Paetus, Arria the Elder, Arria the Younger, Fannia, Montanus and
Arrius Antoninus.

Note that Arria the Younger is called "Caecina ANNIA" also in history. Ref.
Tacitus, The Annals, Book XVI, XXXIV, pg. 387, Loeb edition.

EVIDENCE: (Flavius Josephus was a penname of Arrius Piso)

This next section is called "Evidence". Some of the items from above may be
repeated here for various reasons; emphasis, clarification or because it also
relates to other items that we are examining here.

First of all, this particular subject really requires a full book length treatise to
illustrate it fully - or ideally, several books which explore the whole thing in
detail. But this is simply a short article and so we will do our best that we can here.

One of the first things that comes to mind in trying to explain this is just "where to
start?" And next is the reality of the fact that the average reader is unprepared and
not fully familiar with primary information that they would need in order to fully
comprehend what would be stated regarding this. So, there is an extreme disadvantage
here right from the start.

Because of this and the fact that this is just a short article, it would probably be
best to just give a "list" of the various proofs that (1) Flavius Josephus was really
Arrius Piso, and (2) Arrius Piso was/played "Jesus" in the New Testament.

In terms of Arrius Calpurnius Piso himself, he indeed made certain that his full and
real name was never to be found anywhere that was obvious in history - therefore
hiding his true identity from everyone but a small few.

To restate this, the name "Arrius Calpurnius Piso" is not found outright in ancient
history. But, it can be deduced and therefore reconstructed, because it is found in
parts or ‘chopped up’ here and there. It is a matter of putting all of the ‘parts’
together to get his true full name. Remember, this name was deliberately hidden
and for an express purpose.

Abelard Reuchlin puts it this way; "He does not appear (in history) as Arius Calpurnius
Piso. His true identity is decipherable only by reconstruction." Ref. "The True
Authorship of the New Testament," pg. 3.